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Britain's Johnson compares Maori greeting to headbutt

Wellington - Britain's gaffe-prone Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson likened a traditional Maori greeting to a headbutt Monday while visiting indigenous leaders in New Zealand.

William and Harry had 'short' chat with Diana on day she died

London - Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry have revealed they talked to their mother Princess Diana on the day she died and that the "short" conversation now weighs "heavily" on their mind.

London hunts for ways to stop deadly youth stabbings

London - Nearly one young person a week has been stabbed to death in London so far this year, leaving British authorities hunting for ways to stop the increasing violence.

France jails Britons over migrants flown to UK

Boulogne-sur-mer - A French court on Friday jailed two Britons for over two years for having smuggled migrants to England in a light aircraft in what prosecutors said was a first.

Turkey to re-arrest four activists in Amnesty case

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday issued new arrest warrants for four activists previously detained but then released in a controversial case that has raised tensions with the West.

UK could accept EU immigration in Brexit transition: reports

London - The British government could agree to free movement of people during a Brexit transition period, newspapers reported on Friday in what would be a major reversal of current plans.

Researchers mourn killing of Cecil the lion's cub

Johanesburg - A trophy hunter in Zimbabwe has shot dead a cub of Cecil the lion whose death in 2015 caused worldwide outrage, researchers tracking the pride confirmed Friday.

Business world activates Brexit plans as fears grow

London - US financial firms and no-frills airline easyJet have begun activating Brexit contingency plans and fears are growing that the trickle could turn into a flood as most major businesses in Britain are preparing similar arrangements.

Cat Stevens channels Sufi poet for new folk album

New York - Cat Stevens has channeled the Sufi poet Yunus Emre for a song about divine love as he announced his latest album since his return to Western folk pop.

EU calls for British 'clarity' over Brexit

Brussels - The EU's Brexit negotiator urged Britain on Thursday to provide more clarity on key issues after the second round of talks wrapped up in Brussels with "fundamental" differences remaining.

'Brexit lunch' to assess talks progress

Brussels - Britain and the EU will wrap up four days of tough Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday with a special lunch between their chief negotiators as major differences emerged on key points.

Spanish police recover 3 stolen Francis Bacon paintings

Madrid - Spanish police have recovered three of five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015, they said Thursday."I can confirm that three paintings have been recovered," a police spokeswoman said.

British families blame Brexit for au pair shortage

London - Negotiations over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union have barely started, but some British families are already feeling the bite as the number of au pairs coming from across Europe declines.

London fire survivors heckle authorities at tense meeting

London - Survivors of last month's deadly tower block inferno in London packed a tense meeting Wednesday and heckled the new leader of the local authority that has been attacked for its handling of the disaster.

William, Kate take Brexit 'charm offensive' to Germany

Berlin - Prince William and his wife Kate began Wednesday a three-day visit to Germany billed as a "charm offensive" by local media as Britain begins thorny Brexit talks in earnest.

Prince William, Kate 'moved' by concentration camp visit

Gdansk - Prince William and his wife Kate said Tuesday they were "intensely moved" by their visit to a former Nazi German concentration camp, on a diplomacy tour of Poland and Germany following the Brexit vote.

Britain unveils Jane Austen bank note on anniversary

Winchester - The Bank of England on Tuesday unveiled a new bank note featuring Jane Austen to coincide with the author's death 200 years ago after a campaign to include more women on Britain's currency.The new note worth ten pounds ($13, 11.

In first, migrants try to fly from France to UK on light aircraft

Lille - Four Albanian migrants tried to fly from France to Britain in a light aircraft, in what is believed to be a first, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

British adverts facing tougher gender stereotype rules

London - Britain's advertising watchdog on Tuesday signalled tougher regulation for ads featuring gender stereotypes, saying they were potentially harmful to young people.

EU says UK negotiator's early Brexit 'not a problem'

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday played down the departure of Britain's chief Brexit negotiator David Davis from crucial talks in Brussels after just a few hours, saying it was "not a problem.

France eyes post-Brexit deal to keep fishing UK waters

Brussels - European countries affected by the end of a deal allowing them to fish close to Britain's coastline need an accord to allow them access after Brexit, France said on Monday.

Prince William, Kate on Brexit diplomacy tour of Poland, Germany

Varsovia - Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Warsaw on Monday on a five-day "diplomacy tour" of Poland and Germany in the wake of Brexit, which has tarnished Britain's reputation in Europe.

Brexit talks 'get to work' despite UK infighting

Brussels - Britain and the EU vowed to get to the "heart of the matter" as they launched fresh Brexit negotiations in Brussels on Monday, even as bitter infighting gripped the British government.

Fresh Brexit talks begin with 'clock ticking'

Brussels - Britain and the European Union launch a new round of fraught Brexit negotiations Monday with Brussels pressing weakened British Prime Minister Theresa May to quickly set out her divorce strategy.

Hammond says UK will pay Brexit debts, admits cabinet splits

London - Finance minister Philip Hammond said Sunday that Britain will take responsibility for the money it owes the EU after leaving the bloc, as he acknowledged the cabinet was split over Brexit."We are a country that always honours its obligations.

Name lit up in lights: London's West End stirs dreams

London - They're in their early 20s and dream of, one day, singing and dancing on stage in London's world-famous West End. But students at one of Britain's top drama schools face a gruelling path to stardom.

Blair says EU would level with UK on mass migration

London - European Union leaders would accept tightening up immigration rules to accomodate Britain, so the option of the UK staying in the bloc should remain open, former prime minister Tony Blair said Saturday.

Colombia opens bids to retrieve 18th century sunken treasure

Estanzuela - Colombia on Friday opens bidding for investors willing to retrieve billions of dollars in gold and silver from an 18th century ship wreck off the country's Caribbean coast.

EasyJet launches plans for post-Brexit base in Austria

London - British low-cost airline EasyJet charted a course on Friday to keep flying unhindered across the European Union after Brexit.

UK's Corbyn says EU wants good post-Brexit ties

Brussels - British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the European Union wants a "good relationship" after Brexit, following talks in Brussels Thursday with the bloc's chief negotiator.
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A British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft flying over the skies of Iraq in 2006.
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The elite CO19 or Central Operations 19 (formally known as SO19 or Special Operations 19), is an elite tactical team within London's Metropolitan Police Service. CO19 operatives are seen here undergo counter-terrorism exercises involving a hijacked commercial airliner.
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Bronze Age artifacts in Britain
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Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Crown Prince of Bahrain.
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